I'm all about the bread
I have tons of cornbread recipes, and my friend Jen is in South Carolina as I write this, hopefully remembering to bring me back some White Lily brand cornmeal (not available on the west coast) and then she's going to teach me her Southern way of making bread in a skillet.
For now, though, I actually prefer a simple recipe without too many additional ingredients like cheese, fresh corn kernels, or jalepenos. Just the standard yummy simplicity. I really like that this recipe has pepper in it. And it's super simple to make.
And this favorite recipe is, from all places, the site of the now defunct reality tv show, Wickedly Perfect. From contestant Mychael. She served this with a pork tenderloin.
1 ½ cups of all purpose flour
1 cup of cornmeal
¼ cup of sugar
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1 teaspoon of kosher salt
½ teaspoon of fresh cracked pepper
1 cup of milk
½ cup of melted butter
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place first six dry ingredients into a bowl. In a separate bowl whisk egg, milk and butter and add to dry ingredients and mix gently. Place into a greased 8X8 pan and bake for 30 minutes.
*Note: This cornbread is delicious with a hot bowl of hot chili or jambalaya. You can add diced jalapenos or sharp cheddar cheese to the recipe for variation. Serve with honey butter by combining 1 stick of unsalted room temperature butter with 3 tablespoons of honey.
Or this version with a compound butter.
I really want to try this amazing looking recipe, from Everyday Italian--cornbread salad .
Cornbread batter (even those little Jiffy boxes) makes yummy waffles too. Make in your waffle iron and then top with chili and cheese.